My ears perked up, foot started tapping and I asked, “Who is this country singer?” Found out she is Afton Prater, voted “Best Teen Female Artist” and “Best Album” in the 2014 Indie Music Channel Awards in Hollywood plus “Best Teen Songwriter” and “Best Country Songwriter” in the 2013 Indie Music Channel Songwriting Competition. That is a lot of accomplishments for a young artist. Then I listened to her CD (and so should you) on College Underground Radio, where she is in heavy playlist rotation. This young artist has amazing songwriting talent and we caught up with her to ask a few questions. Here is Afton Prater:
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Most of my music is a mix between country and pop :) I have some songs that are more on the country side, and some songs that are more pop. I like having the best of both worlds!
What Are or Have been Your Musical Influences?
I love Miranda Lambert for her hardcore vibe. I also love Katy Perry for her uniqueness. Also I love Taylor Swift because she's genuine.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I am currently working on a few new songs that I hope to finish soon :) I'm already wanting to record again! :) I'm really looking forward to working with Sunset Chevrolet using my song "I Want a Truck."
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
My ultimate goal in the music industry is to have people enjoy my songs and relate to them in a way. I absolutely love when someone tells me how much they like my music, it makes me the happiest person in the world to know that my music has an effect on people, that's what it's meant to do :)
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus far?
I think my biggest challenge has been living in a small town where there is not a lot of musical background. I love traveling to different places though :) Playing whenever I get the chance to!
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
I usually start with picking out a strum and chords that I want, and when it feels right, I begin writing words and it just flows from there
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Social media has had a huge impact! I am able to let friends/family/fans know when my shows are or what I've been up to. Social Media is a great way to promote music and
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I was we wearing diapers! Haha :) I always have influenced by music since a very young age.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Never give up. Be yourself. These two statements are very important. First, never give up, You have a gift and you should use it! Sometimes it might be hard and you might not think it's worth it, but it will lead to greater and better things in the future. Sometimes you don't know your own strength. Second, Be yourself, You are unique and beautiful in your own way, and that's something special!
How Do You Feel About Originality?
I feel originality is very important for not only people in general, but for artists. It's who they are, what they wear, the type of music they sing, their differences, that make them real artists. If we were all the same, that would be extremely boring. Its your differences that make you special.
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